Posted by Tom Fornelli
The preseason media poll for the Big 12 was released on Wednesday afternoon, and for the most part, it looks exactly like you'd expect it to. Though it definitely doesn't look like something that Texas fans will enjoy or approve of. Forty-three members of the media voted in the poll, and Oklahoma was the runaway favorite as the Sooners garnered 41 of the 43 first-place votes.
Here's how the entire poll looked.
- Oklahoma (41) - 428 points
- Texas A&M (1) - 362 points
- Oklahoma State (1) - 360 points
- Missouri - 281 points
- Texas - 265 points
- Baylor - 194 points
- Texas Tech - 191 points
- Kansas State - 140 points
- Iowa State - 93 points
- Kansas - 51 points
Now, personally, I think preseason polls of any kind are silly. How any of us are supposed to pretend we know how good a football team will be without seeing it run a single play against another team is trivial.
Still, Texas is fifth! Only one spot ahead of Baylor! Think about that.
It's amazing how one bad season can have such an impact on a school's reputation. I can't see ranking the Longhorns any lower than fourth in the conference, and I'd have them above Missouri. I just can't help but feel that even though Garrett Gilbert struggled last year, coming into 2011 with that experience will only help him, and the Longhorns offense can't be much worse than it was in 2010. Meanwhile, Missouri has lost Blaine Gabbert to the NFL, and that's not an easy person to replace on offense.